Colin Firth’s Film “The King’s Speech” Wins at Toronto

The new film The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth as King George VI, continues its steady march to Oscar recognition, winning the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival. BBC NEWS notes that both Precious and Slumdog Millionaire, big Oscar movies from recent years, previously won this coveted prize. The Guardian heralds the other British films that made hay in Toronto, reporting that “Made In Dagenham, Brighton Rock, Michael Winterbottom‘s The Trip, and Richard Ayoade‘s directorial debut Submarine were all received with plaudits.” Also: Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours is getting buzz for James Franco‘s lead performance.

Which Toronto faves are you most looking forward to? Here’s a clip from the upcoming adaptation of Graham Greene‘s Brighton Rock, starring Dame Helen Mirren, Andrea Riseborough, and Sam Riley:

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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